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June 2019
$850

Earthen Building Overview

June 23 @ 8:00 am - June 29 @ 5:00 pm
Heart Song Sanctuary,
658 Co. Rt. 6, High Falls, NY 12440 United States

In this course, we’ll work on finishing an existing straw-bale and cob hybrid building. Students will gain a thorough understanding of building with earth in various forms. Including building cob walls, earthen floors, making and applying earth plaster finishes. In addition we will learn about green roofs by installing the drainage and soil layers of our building’s roof. What to expect: Our days will be spent engaged in hands-on building and learning with natural materials. Expect a rich week of…

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$900

Timber Frame Workshop 2019

June 29 @ 8:20 am - July 5 @ 8:20 am
The Year of Mud,
2777 Hammonds Fork Road, Mount Vernon, KY 40456 United States

Ever wonder what it’s like to build a timber frame from the ground up? Join The Year of Mud this June for a 7 day Timber Frame Workshop near Berea, Kentucky. In this totally hands-on introductory workshop, students will use timeless techniques and traditional hand tools to lay out and join a beautiful timber frame pavilion. Learn valuable new carpentry skills in a gorgeous mountain homestead setting, and discover what it takes to build a long-lived timber structure using mortise…

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€1500

Cob Tiny House/Sauna & Bread Oven with Benches at Quinta Boa Vida in Alentejo (Portugal)

June 30 @ 4:00 pm - July 28 @ 2:00 pm
Quinta Boa Vida,
Camachinhos, Camachos, Beja 7630-572 Portugal

PROJECT This will be the very first workshop hosted on this beautiful new sacred land purchased in January 2019.  The only existing building on the land is a 30m2 agricultural support structure made of clay bricks/blocks.  While the plan is to develop a small Ecovillage community, the first officially habitable building will not be built until November/December as there is a permit process that I am choosing to adhere to.  Thus the first structures we will build in this 4-week…

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July 2019
$1275

Complete cob and natural building intensive (includes building an earthen oven and a wood-fired hot tub)

July 3 @ 3:00 pm - July 13 @ 2:00 pm
House Alive,
7540 Griffin Lane, Jacksonville, OR 97530 United States

(The workshop start with dinner on the first day and end with lunch on the last day) ​Fee: $1275 Maximum class size: 16 students Our 2019 workshop “complete Cob and Natural building” is already full; send us an email if you would like to be added to the waiting list. We will be doing several workshops in 2020 and will post them on the web in September. To get an alert about this, please sign up for our newsletter. ​Included in the fee: Instructions camping spot 3…

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CAN$597

Fast Cob! It IS a revolution in Natural Building…

July 4 @ 3:30 pm - July 8 @ 4:00 pm
Lasqueti Island,
1 Beautiful Bicycle Lane, Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0 Canada

All of our Natural Building Workshops are led and facilitated by the builder of a 900 sq.ft. split level Cob Home.  This home was built in 5 months during 2016.  About 80% of it was built by one person – your workshop instructor – on his own.  He had help putting up the floor and roofing beams as well as the giant windows and skylights, but 90% of the cobbing was done alone.  That’s the power of this technique that…

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$399

Cob Building Workshop

July 8 - July 12
Unnamed Venue,
Athens, TN United States

Dates: July 8 – July 12, 2019 Location: Athens, Tennessee   Come and join us in the beautiful foothills of Athens, Tennessee for our 2019 Cob Building Workshop! We will be constructing a cob house in this workshop. A perfect project for beginners and experts alike! You will get the knowledge to be able to build cob projects scaling from smaller things, such as cob ovens and benches, up to large projects like homes and buildings. This workshop is a…

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650-1300 sliding scale

Traditional Round Pole Timber Framing

July 26 - August 1
Abuela Gardens,
4649 Bear Canyon Rd., Willits, CA 95490 United States

This is the first of a series of comprehensive workshops in which we will construct a hybrid natural building using many site-sourced materials and permaculture principles. This workshop will focus on round pole timber framing, an attractive structural skeleton that can accompany many natural wall systems. The first part of the workshop will cover: Design Overview; Structural considerations; Aesthetic considerations; How to interface timber frames with cob, straw bale & clay wattle; Preparing logs (peeling, washing, relief cuts, curing); Mortise & tenon joinery –…

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August 2019
CAN$597

Fast Cob! A revolution in Natural Building…

August 15 @ 3:30 pm - August 19 @ 4:00 pm
Lasqueti Island,
1 Beautiful Bicycle Lane, Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0 Canada

All of our Natural Building Workshops are led and facilitated by the builder of a 900 sq.ft. split level Cob Home.  This home was built in 5 months during 2016.  About 80% of it was built by one person – your workshop instructor – on his own.  He had help putting up the floor and roofing beams as well as the giant windows and skylights, but 90% of the cobbing was done alone.  That’s the power of this technique that…

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650-1300 sliding scale

Natural Building Part 1: Straw Bales, Cob and Earthen Floors

August 16 - October 22
Abuela Gardens,
4649 Bear Canyon Rd., Willits, CA 95490 United States

This is one of a series of comprehensive workshops in which we will be constructing a hybrid natural building using many site-sourced materials and permaculture principles. This workshop will focus on clay and straw, two of the most versatile natural building materials. In the first part of the workshop, you will learn to: • Build a highly insulating and fire-resistant straw bale wall • Mix clay soil, sand and straw into cob • Sculpt cob into beautiful, durable walls • Sustainably harvest…

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$850

Cob, Balecob, Light straw clay Extravaganza

August 16 @ 3:00 pm - August 25 @ 2:00 pm
Allie and Chloe’s land,
25563 Hall Rd, Junction City, OR 97448 United States

Location: outside Junction City OR Instructor: Allie Maggio and others Start date:Friday August 16, 2019 End date:Sunday August 25, 2019 Cost:$850 Accommodations: Includes all meals, camping is available free of charge Registration, Discounts, and Related Information: CALL Allie at 541-two85-3369   FOR REGISTRATION BOOK DIRECTLY WITH ALLIE at 541-two85-3369 or email him at at JustRejoiceChloe@gmail.com ~ do not book this course through the Cob Cottage office.   *Register and prepay before Fathers Day to save 10% at $765 rate, after…

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2500/2600

Build a Complete Cob Cottage near the Yuba River (Nevada City, California)

August 18 @ 4:00 pm - September 22 @ 2:00 pm
Yubarrio Village,
New Rome Road, Nevada City, CA 95959

OUR HOSTS, LOCATION & PROJECT  Yubarrio was formed by a group of friends in 2015 with the intention to create a diverse little village devoted to enjoying and caring for the land. With a motto of “slow and steady,” the folks on the land are carefully building bike trails to the Yuba River, reducing overcrowding and fuel loads in the far-ranging woods, milling bug-killed trees into timbers for carbon-negative buildings, growing a bounty of herbs for medicine and food for…

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CAN$1197

Fast Cob! A revolution in Natural Building…

August 24 @ 3:30 pm - August 31 @ 11:00 am
Lasqueti Island,
1 Beautiful Bicycle Lane, Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0 Canada
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All of our Natural Building Workshops are led and facilitated by the builder of a 900 sq.ft. split level Cob Home.  This home was built in 5 months during 2016.  About 80% of it was built by one person – your workshop instructor – on his own.  He had help putting up the floor and roofing beams as well as the giant windows and skylights, but 90% of the cobbing was done alone.  That’s the power of this technique that…

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September 2019
650-1300 sliding scale

Natural Building Part 2: Adobe, Cob, Wattle and Daub, Arches & Clay Plasters

September 6 - September 12
Abuela Gardens,
4649 Bear Canyon Rd., Willits, CA 95490 United States

More fun with clay, straw, and sticks! This is one of a series of comprehensive workshops in which we will be constructing a hybrid natural building using many site-sourced materials and permaculture principles. Building on what we learned in the previous workshop, we will branch out into other earthen wall systems and begin the finishing process. • Make adobe blocks from clay soil mixed with straw or other fibers • Build different styles of earthen arches, with and without forms •…

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October 2019
650-$1300 sliding scale

Batch Rocket Thermal Mass Heaters

October 11 - October 17
Abuela Gardens,
4649 Bear Canyon Rd., Willits, CA 95490 United States

This is the last of a series of comprehensive workshops in which we will construct a hybrid natural building using many site-sourced materials and permaculture principles. This workshop will focus on inexpensive, efficient ways to heat space and water that you can construct yourself. Learn the essential points to clean combustion. Why Batch Heaters? Differences and similarities between Batch Rocket Mass Heaters and classic, J-tube Rocket Mass Heaters. Learn how thermal mass improves heating and how, with the bell system, thermal mass can be utilized flexibly…

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JPY90,000

Natural Building in Japan with Michael G. Smith

October 25 - October 30
Permaculture Center Kamimomi,
863 Kamimomi, Kumenan-cho, Kume-gun, Kume-gun, Okayama 709-3621 Japan

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn natural building from leading experts at one of Japan’s premier Permaculture education sites. In this course you will learn a wide range of natural wall building techniques including Cob, Straw Bale, Light Straw Clay, Light Rice Husk Lime, Wattle-and-Daub, Clay Wattle, and Earthbag foundations.  Daily hands-on building practice on actual buildings in progress. Lectures cover testing clay soils, wall system selection, materials testing, passive solar design, composting toilets, and more. Language:  English with Japanese…

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